Engineers are known for being a quirky bunch. We tend to like precision and predictability.

Yet, many successful company founders and/or CEOs started their careers as engineers: Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Sundar Pichai, Steve Wozniak, Jeff Bezos, Alexander Graham Bell and Henry Ford to name a few. Studies have shown that startup founders with an engineering background outnumbered those with MBAs by about three-to-one.

Related: 22 Qualities That Make a Great Leader First of all, both roles involve building. As an engineer you are creating a tangible product.

You can see the results of your work by running your code, watching some graphs and seeing people use it. It’s a quick feedback loop with real and immediate impact.

As a CEO, you’re building too, but you need a lot more patience. You sometimes won’t know the impact of projects you work on until months or years later. Read more from…

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